Following God in His steps
Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord cares for me. Because of my adversaries, show me your way, Lord, and lead me on a level path. Do not give me over to the will of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing violence. I am certain that I will see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart be courageous. Wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:10-14
There are so many things that can derail us from following God. And the key is to remain faithful knowing that God is our Leader. As a child of God, we must have the wisdom to know how God leads. There will be times that we get tempted to take a shortcut especially when the route that God is revealing to us will be thorough. So, we avoid God’s leading and we take matters in our hand. God promised that He will always be with His children even in the toughest terrains of life. At times, he leads us in a place where we are not familiar with. But once we remain in Him, we will discover that nothing is satisfying than to know that we are following in His steps. From the text, David expressed his reliance upon God. He is familiar with such experience because of what happened in his life. In 1 Samuel, David found himself on the run after he defeated Goliath. King Saul filled with jealousy, felt that David was after his kingdom that he pursued him so he could kill him. Samuel prophesied and told David that he will succeed King Saul’s throne (1 Samuel 16:12-13). Knowing about this, his assistant Abishai told David that if there would be an opportunity to take down King Saul, then have him killed. David told Abishai not to pursue with the plan, instead they have to wait on the Lord. David could have ended running away from King Saul by accepting Abishai’s plan but he would rather wait for God’s timing. He refused to give in to his own personal desires thus keeping his integrity. For a follower of God, we should not be struggling following God and doing His will. Yet, there are times we find ourselves struggling because we let pride and selfishness overcome us. Instead of relying in His directions, we take matters in our hand. God wants us to follow His leading in our life and just like what the Psalmist says, “the Lord cares for me.” Others will abandon us but not God. When you let Him lead you in the details of your life, the events that seemed to be fuzzy and the path that appears to be just like a maze, become clear because He provides you His perspective. “I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
Noel De Guzman